Crime & Courts

2 moose shot and killed in Anchorage

Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the killings of two moose found dead in Anchorage Tuesday.

Troopers responded to the first kill in the Mountain View area at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to an online dispatch.

"Anchorage police called state trooper dispatch and reported a cow moose that was shot and killed off Bragaw Street in Anchorage during the early morning hours," troopers wrote. "No parts of the animal (were) salvaged."

The dead moose located at Bragaw Street and Parsons Avenue was collected by a local charity, troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said.

A second moose "that appeared to have been shot" was found Tuesday near Valley of the Moon Park, troopers wrote in a second dispatch. The dead female moose was reported to wildlife troopers shortly before midnight Tuesday, DeSpain said.

None of its meat had been salvaged; the moose was also donated to charity, he said.

Investigators hadn't made any immediate determination whether the kills were linked, DeSpain said.

"That's what they're trying to figure out," He said.

Both cases are being investigated as possible cases of wanton waste and taking a cow moose during a closed season.

"The biggest thing right now is that we're trying to see if there's anybody out there who may have witnessed something and can give a description of a vehicle, people, anything that's related to the moose killings," DeSpain said.

Troopers ask anyone with information on the killings to call dispatchers at 907-352-5401, or leave an anonymous tip with the Wildlife Safeguard tip line at 800-478-3377.

Alaska Dispatch News reporter Jerzy Shedlock contributed to the story. 

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Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.

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